You don’t need to pollute the planet to prove your love…try one of these adorable heart pins made from random bits of fabric scraps.
$16.00 at TresArty’s Etsy Shop
We’re all spent from the holiday and now need to regroup and make something beautiful for ourselves that doesn’t cost a lot of money! Everyone has a spare T-shirt hanging around. Check out the beautiful ideas:
This neckware is created by Etsy seller Johnny Vegas Originals. Lots of different colors and styles available for sale in his Etsy shop. Can you imagine anything more comfortable to wear?
This creative craftster cut up her t-shirts and made yarn out of it which she then knitted to make dishtowels. I’m sure they are nice and soft and absorbent! See her tutorials here>>
Save the planet in more ways than one by passing up the paper or plastic dilemma at the grocery story and making your own bags from recycled T-shirts. Here’s the tutorial>>
How cute are these ruffle shirts – made from recycled Tshirts?
Cool pompom tutorial from Craftaholics Anonymous to create a bit of whimsey wherever you may need a bit of fun in your life. You will never look at an old Tshirt in the same way again!
Lots of beautiful flower tutorials ready to be created in a variety of fabrics >> Most are ready for purchase for $6.00 each.
Want to create an entire bouquet of flowers? Perfect for your relative or friend who is allergic to the real deal. These look beautiful and they are fun to make!
Create your own wedding flowers>>
Hat tutorial! Perfect for babies and their delicate noggins! Click here for the tutorial>>
What about these simple Upcycled / Recycled T-Shirt Bangles? Nice and detailed Tutorial available here>>
Tutorial from Martha Stewart living includes a video for step by step instructions. These are elegant and casual at the same time. They will go with everything!
I want to try creating a one-of-a-kind scarf, the possibilities are endless to make something fun and colorful. Here’s the tutorial>>
From Brazilian artist, Gueth Freitas, beautifully painted handbags made from recycled records. She paints on the black vinyl records with “nanquin” a Chinese ink …her designs are bold and punchy! She paints enough of the surface to give is a strong graphic look, however, if examined closely your admirers will see the classic tracks of the record. If you would like to give this as a gift, Novica includes and “artisan card” which tells the story of the artist and the materials used…it is a nice touch. There are several designs and different sizes available at Novica.com.
Earrings and pendant necklaces are also available from this artist using the same process of painting on recycled vinyl records. These items are playfully named “Samba Symphony” and “Samba Swing” and “Copacabana Melody”
Click here for availability and prices from Novica.com
There are a lot of us who would like to make an impact on the world, in some way or another. We’d like to make a contribution, change things for the better, improve lives, leave behind something positive. When I was training to be a Jedi knight back in the 70s, there was technique I learned called The Art of the Small. With it, I learned to narrow my focus … allowing me to use The Force to change things at a microscopic level
This tactic can be used today to tackle the many problems in the world. The trick is to start small. Help others, do little good things, and see what the impact of those things are. Never underestimate the power of putting a smile on someone’s face. That smile could change the person’s entire day, and they could go on to do something brilliant that in turn helps thousands of people. All because you did something small that put a smile on their face.
In that vein, I bring you recycled rubber bands:
Recycled Rubber Band Notecards
Rubber bands seem to come “free” with everything. And they multiply like rabbits in the junk drawer. Especially if you happen to purchase produce and flowers at the market.
CLick here for instructions to make these cheerful notecards>>
Recycled Rubber Band Jewelry
Fantastic jewelry from recycled rubber bands created by an architect from NYC.
For the collection “Recycling of the Architectural Office” I am reusing paperclips, punched business cards, eyelids, rubber bands, mosaic stones, presentation wire binding elements, ribbons, etc. I find joy in creating new experiences in this unique way of working with materials, textures and colors.
View and purchase at M2’s Etsy Shop
Rubber Bands Created from Recycled Bicycle Tires
Made in Switzerland of recycled bicycle tubes. The once flat becomes useful again.
$8.00 at Plasticashop